A marine power inverter is a great piece of equipment to have on your boat because of its overall utility and usefulness. What a power inverter does is takes the DC current from your marine battery and converts it into AC current that is usable by devices such as fish finders, GPS’s and even your cell phones.
This is what makes these such a useful piece of equipment to have with you on your boat. In the modern day and age just about everything is run off of some sort of power, and the last thing you want is for one of those things to fail without the ability to recharge it or keep it running. For example, let’s say you’re out on one of the Great Lakes fishing and your GPS dies, you’d more than likely need a power inverter to charge your GPS.
Or, let’s say you bring a teenager with you, you better have a power inverter to keep their cell phone charged, or things can easily go from bad to worse. All kidding aside, having a marine power inverter is a great piece of equipment to have and its one of those things you’re happy to have when the time comes you need to use it.
If you’re on the market for a marine power inverter or you’re just curious which inverters are currently the best on the market, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our picks for the best marine power inverters for the money in 2020.
The PowerBright PW2300-12 Power Inverter allows you to tap into a 12-volt DC battery — like that of your boat, car, or RV — and convert the power into your standard 110-volt AC household current. That means you can use your typical home appliances no matter where you may be.
This inverter model is able to provide 2300 watts of continuous power and 4600 watts of peak power, which means you can plug in more than just your gadgets but also appliances like TVs, small fridges, and microwaves.
As with most PowerBright inverters, the PW2300-12 boasts a tough anodized aluminum casing that makes it an appropriate choice for permanent installation. It measures 12.25 x 3.5 x 13.8 inches and weighs 14.5 pounds.
It has 2 AC outlets and features and LED display that shows how much wattage you’re consuming at any given time. With a flick of a switch, the same display shows how much voltage you’re taking from the battery source.
PowerBright PW2300-12 Power Inverter features advanced circuitry that will shut itself down if you’re in danger of overloading or emptying out your source battery. It also self-cools through built-in fans
The ProMariner True Power Combi 2000PS is a power inverter that boasts ProMariner’s Pure Sine Wave Technology. This makes it an ideal inverter/charger to provide the same quality of AC power you’d get from your home, right on your boat or other recreational vehicle.
This model provides 2000 watts of continuous power, making it perfect for taking plasma or LCD TVs on the water. It can even be used for larger household appliances like washing machines.
One of the main advantages of this power inverter is that it is also a charger. So apart from efficiently converting DC power to usable AC, it can also be used as a 3-stage marine-grade battery charger. Its surge rating is at 2.8x with 1.0 power factor.
It also has built-in systems to protect from high or low voltage, overloading, and overheating. Additionally, it protects from ignition so you can keep it stowed in your bilge or engine compartment.
The True Power Combi 2000PS by ProMariner measures 12.5 x 11.75 x 22 inches. As expected of a fully automatic power inverter and charger, it weighs a heavy 46 pounds.
Features Pure Sine Wave Technology
2000 watts of continuous power
Fully automatic power inverter and battery charger
The 400W power inverter by Rally is a marine-grade unit that has all the basics you need to keep your gadgets or small electronics powered on your boating adventures.
This inverter has 2 120-volt outlets and two USB ports (shared 5-volt 3.1A). It provides 400 watts of continuous power and 800 watts of peak power.
The power inverter measures 2.9 x 7.6 x 8.6 inches and weighs 1.88 pounds. It comes in a smooth, marine-grade exterior with a blue and white color combination.
Although the materials are marine-grade, the unit isn’t not water tight so you’ll still need to keep it away from exposure to water. It also comes with a built-in map light.
Basic as it may be, the Rally Marine Grade 400W Power Inverter boasts a variety of safety features. Apart from thermal protection, it has built-in overload protection. On one end of the box are replaceable fuses. It also has the capacity to detect if your source battery is running low.
In those cases, it will automatically shut itself off. Additionally, its components — including the circuit board and clamps — are resistant to corrosion.
2 120-volt outlets
2 USB ports
400 watts of continuous power
800 watts of peak power
Automatically shuts down to avoid overdrawing from battery source
Go Power! 3000 Watt Heavy Duty Modified Sine Wave Inverter Review
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The 3000 Watt Heavy Duty Modified Sine Wave Inverter by Go Power is meant to give you all the power you need to run a variety of electronics and appliances all at once. It has 4 standard North American outlets and a USB port.
It draws in 10.5 to 16-volt DC and uses modified sine wave to output 100 to 120-volt AC. It provides 3000 watts of continuous power and 6000 watts of peak power.
The Go Power! 3000 Watt Heavy Duty Modified Sine Wave Inverter measures 11.41 x 9.92 x 4.13 inches and weighs 10.54 pounds. It has a digital screen that displays either your input or you output so you can monitor your consumption in real time.
To keep from overheating, this Go Power! inverter has a built-in thermostatically controlled fans. It also keeps your from overdrawing power from you battery source through a low battery alarm feature.
At critical power source levels, it will automatically shut itself down. Additionally, this power inverter protects from short circuits, overloading, and over/under voltage.
4 100-120-volt outlets
1 USB port
Uses modified sine wave technology
3000 watts of continuous power
6000 watts of peak power
Digital screen for input and output
Built-in thermostatically controlled fans
Low battery alarm
Automatic shut off at critical power source levels
ProMariner TruePower 800 Marine Power Inverter Review
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The TruePower 800 Marine Power Inverter by ProMariner takes 10 to 15-volt DC power from your boat or car battery.
Then, it coverts that power to modified sine wave to give you access to your typical 110-volt household power. It has 2 AC outlets with maximum ground safety protection. It offers 800 watts of continuous power and 1600 wats of peak power.
The ProMariner TruePower 800 Marine Power Inverter measures 16 x 10 x 7 inches and weighs 9 pounds. It boasts a heavy-duty marine construction with conformal coating on all its electronics to provide true corrosion protection.
This inverter unit has a power light that indicates whether it’s on or off and it has a separate fault light, which indicates when something is wrong. This may include times when your battery source is running low.
The TruePower 800 has a battery-saver feature, which will automatically shut itself off when your source battery is in critical levels. This means that you won’t ever have to worry about being stranded because you’ll always have enough battery power to start your engine.
Apart from battery source protection, this unit has over voltage, reverse polarity, short circuit, and thermal protection.
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